Guide to Plant Based Diets

 

You’ve heard the Vegan buzz.  There are plant based “burgers” in your supermarket meat aisle and major fast food chains are beefing up their veg options.  So if you’re thinking about a plant based diet, here’s just a glimpse into what that means and why you may want to try it.  

 

There are a lot of reasons to go plant based.  Overall better health and energy, avoiding chronic illness, helping the environment and maintaining a healthy weight are all by-products of following a whole food plant based diet.  GREAT reasons to give it a try. But make sure you follow a WHOLE FOOD plant based diet and don’t get into the trap of thinking French Fries, vegan donuts and pastas (both plant based) are going to give you better health.  

  

When you focus on whole foods that means basing your diet on natural foods that aren’t heavily processed.  Plant based means foods that come from plants, and don’t include animal ingredients such as meat, milk and dairy products in general.   

 

Here’s a quick rundown on the basic types of foods you can eat on a whole food, plant based diet: 

 

Vegetables: Every kind of vegetable is encouraged with the exception of white potatoes as the mainstay of your diet.  Let’s be real. If we thought we could get by on mashed potatoes or fries, we’d all do it.  

 

Fruits:  Every type of fruit is allowed.  

 

Tubers: Root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, etc.  All good! 

 

Whole grains: grains, quinoa, brown rice, millet, whole wheat, whole oats, barley, buckwheat, etc. are part of a plant based diet but in conjunction with other whole foods like vegetables and legumes or you’ll find yourself in an unbalanced,  major carb-overload situation. 

 

Legumes:  Beans of any kind, plus lentils are a great source of protein.  

 

Other Misc:  Tempeh, Tofu, seeds and nuts are all allowed.  Keep in mind, nuts are really high in calories, so keep nuts, nut based milks and butters as a snack or addition to meals instead of a mainstay if you have weight issues.  

 

Another good idea, and something practiced by vegan athletes, is to supplement with a good quality protein supplement once a day, especially if you want to build muscle.  

If you’re ready to look into plant based further, some great resources can be found online at ForksOverKnives.com , health.harvard.edu  and NerdFitness.com

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Spring Clean Your Bathroom in Less Than an Hour

Spring is almost upon us, and along with the flowers, pollen and sunshine – this season means it’s time to do all the cleaning we’ve been putting off for the past three seasons.

 

And while that’s not exactly exciting, the feeling of accomplishment you get after a good spring clean are priceless.

 

The first place to start your spring clean is the bathroom. Why? Because it’s probably full of stuff you don’t really need anymore.

 

To give you a hand, we’ve rounded up a few easy ways to clean out your bathroom in less than an hour. Yep, you read that right. Your bathroom will be looking fresh in less than the time it takes you to watch a movie.

 

 

Keep the must-haves, but refresh where needed

We all need cleaning tools – they’re essential for the health and hygiene of our bathrooms. Keep the essentials you use that are still in good shape, and get rid of anything that’s seen better days in favor of a new item. Trust us, the small investment will be totally worth it.

 

Say sayonara to the harsh chemicals

Did you know there are so many effective cleaning ingredients hiding in your pantry right now? Instead of inhaling harsh chemicals like bleach, why not use lemon, vinegar or bicarb soda to clean your bathroom? It’s an easy way to free up space (where bottles of chemicals would once go) and ensure your home is a haven of health.

 

Beauty reboot

 

All those empty bottles on the shower floor? They’ve got to go. The ones on the windowsill too. And even in they’re not empty, if you haven’t used a shampoo, face wash, or body wash in a few months – it’s probably time to let it go.

 

Clear out any unnecessary decor

An empty diffuser. A dust-coated candle. An artificial plant. Bathrooms are a retreat – a place to go to refresh and rejuvenate, so they shouldn’t be filled with anything that can’t be used. Move, or give away, any decor that doesn’t serve a purpose other than collecting dust. It’ll make the space feel lighter, and make cleaning a lot easier.

Organize, organize, organize

Give everything in your bathroom a home. Use a cabinet organizer to store beauty products and cleaning products, and use a caddy in the shower for your shampoos, treatments, and body washes. Keep the cabinets looking tidy, and if you keep towels in the bathroom – place them somewhere they’ll be easy to reach.

 

Get down and dirty

Finally, it’s wipe-down time. Using your natural cleaning products, a sponge, cloth and cleaning brush, get into all those hard-to-reach places and give the entire room a thorough clean. If you work from the back of the bathrooms forward, you can do this strategically and quickly – it won’t take you more than 20 minutes to have the whole place sparkling.

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The Plant-Based Beauty Guide Your Wallet Will Love

Many people associate plant-based beauty products with being tough on the bank account – but we’re here to bust that outdated old myth.

 

The truth is, using healthy, nature-derived products that are good for you doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny. In fact, with nothing over $15, Raw Sugar’s range of nutrient-packed, ColdPressed skin, beauty and hair care products shows that you can have your cake and eat it too.

 

We want everyone to feel good in the skin they’re in, all our products are made to be accessible – we want the sweet feeling of pure self-love beauty products to reach as many people as possible.

 

If you haven’t experienced the #rawlovin effect of our products, here’s an easy guide to the natural beauty products your wallet will love.

 

Personal Care

Let’s get personal. Our line of plant-based Body and Hand Washes not only cleanse your skin, they nourish it too. Just like all our products, our personal care ingredients are processed through ColdPress Technology® – which basically means we squeeze the maximum amount of fruit and vegetable extracts we can, out and feed them straight into your skin.

 

To start your Raw Sugar routine, choose the body and hand wash that best suits you. Our Heritage line has our fan favorite that many love, the ‘Moisture Loving’ line is designed to hydrate drier complexions, and the ‘Sensitive Skin’ line uses gentle, soothing ingredients perfect for delicate skin. The best part? There are a variety of incredible scents to choose form.

 

For those who enjoy a massage while they bathe, our Bar Soaps have nifty little nubs that gently massage the skin for a spa-like experience every time.

 

Beauty Care

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Once you picked your base, it’s time to move on to beauty. First off, choose a Body Lotion that best matches your skin type. Just like our personal care products, they’re designed to suit unique needs. What they have in common? They’re crafted with care to gently spoon-feed your skin a ton of natural skin superfoods – leaving it well hydrated and moisturized.

 

If your skin gets a little dry or flaky, especially in the winter, pick up a Body Scrub and Body Butter. The scrubs will exfoliate your skin and rid it of any dead skin cells, perfectly prepping it for a moisture-rich, ultra-nourishing body butter.

 

Bath Fizzers and Foaming Bath Washes are there to pamper you when you need to unwind at the end of the day – easing your body mind with a healthy, vitamin-rich soak.

 

Hair Care

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Once you’ve got your personal and beauty products, you’re ready to graduate to hair.

 

Our vegan, sulfate and paraben-free hair care products are a healthier new way to keep your hair looking fierce and flip-worthy. For dehydrated locks, pick the Moisture Smoothie Shampoo and Conditioner – they deliver thirst-quenching ingredients directly to your hair. Strands that could use a little extra oomph will love the Bounce Back regimen – made to revive and shine with weightless moisture. Have curly hair that can’t be tamed? The Truly Unruly set was made for you! They deeply condition and hydrate, smoothing out frizz but keeping your hair’s unique character in tact.

 

Make sure you also pick up one of our Hair Masques and use it at least once a week for extra nourishment that’ll give you shinier, stronger, visibly healthier hair.

 

Lip Care

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Lips need lovin’ too! Our 100% natural Lip Scrubs exfoliate and condition dry, chapped lips for a perfectly soft pout. Keep them well-hydrated with a nourishing Lip Balm – protecting your lips from harsh weather conditions and locking in moisture for delicious, kiss-ready lips.

Find Raw Sugar at your nearest Target or Walgreens and enjoy a beauty routine that really works.

Born to be Wild: it’s Time to Embrace Your Natural Curls

Are you ready for the best curls of your life?

 

We hope so, because they’re coming.

 

If your hair was born to be wild, don’t try to tame it. Embrace it.

Curly hair, like any other hair type, can express a major part of a person’s identity, so the moment you flip the switch and tune your mind into wanting to make the most of your strands – instead of straightening them or changing them into something they’re not — the easier it becomes to fall back in love with the hair you were born with.

 

While your straight-haired friends might express confusion at your relationship with your mane, curly-haired sisters have an unwritten code that unites us: we know the effort that gets put into maintaining our curls.

 

At Raw Sugar, we get it. And we don’t want to hide your curls, because they’re part of what makes you who you are. Instead, we want to maximize your hair’s natural potential with our new line of curly-hair-loving products – the NEW Truly Unruly Shampoo and Conditioner, made to unleash your inner can’t-be-tamed goddess.

Truly Unruly Shampoo – Avocado + Apple Cider Vinegar + Rosemary Oil

What could possibly give more love to curly hair than a Cold Pressed blend of natural goodness? Truly Unruly Shampoo was designed to keep your hair’s true character in tact, only with more OOMPH, more shine, more moisture and much better overall health. This shampoo will deeply cleanse your hair without weighing your beautiful curls down – it keeps them bouncy and free. Enriched with the deep moisturization of Avocado, refreshingly cleansing Apple Cider Vinegar, and hair-healing Rosemary Oil – your tresses will be left well-loved and beautifully defined. It’ll keep your wild curls under control, but make sure their wild spirit remains untouched!

Truly Unruly Conditioner – Avocado + Apple Cider Vinegar + Rosemary Oil

The more moisture you can keep in textured tresses, the better, so upping your hair’s dose of nourishing vitamins and nutrients will have it looking better than ever. Instead of suppressing your hair’s natural texture and beauty, our Truly Unruly Conditioner highlights it. Its super boosting ingredients are a power-packed blend of Cold Pressed nutrients that control frizz and restore shine. Rich Avocado feeds your locks until they’re smooth and hydrated, Apple Cider Vinegar softens and rejuvenates, and Rosemary Oil unveils its natural health.



So if your hair is Truly Unruly, we say – keep it that way, because stunning locks are on the way.

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Actually, there are five of them.

Our body lotions are your skin’s best friend and biggest cheerleader – from head to toe. They work so hard, do so much, and smell so good! At least that’s what the instagram comments and product reviews tell us.

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